Have you ever felt like you’re in a constant battle of trying to prove yourself, or that your opinions are being undermined and dismissed? If so, you may have experienced a form of manipulation known as gaslighting. In this blog post, we will discuss what gaslighting is and how to recognize it. We will also provide tips on how to respond when faced with this type of manipulation.
Gaslighting is a form of psychological manipulation in which someone attempts to make another person question their own sense of reality. This type of manipulation can take many forms, such as making false statements about someone’s behavior or opinion, undermining the person’s confidence in their own ideas or decisions, or even denying facts that the person believes are true. All these behaviors can lead the victim to doubt their own mental faculties, feelings, beliefs, and memories.
If you think you may be experiencing gaslighting from someone in your life, there are several signs that can help you identify it. These include feeling like your opinions are constantly being undermined or ignored by the other person; feeling like no matter what you do or say it isn't good enough; feeling confused about why certain events happened; and feeling like your emotions aren’t valid or that they don't matter. You may also notice that the other person seems to “forget” important details of an event that they previously remembered perfectly well.
If you find yourself in a situation where someone is attempting to manipulate you through gaslighting, it's important that you take steps to protect yourself and maintain control over your own narrative and emotions. First and foremost, it's important to remember that no one has the right to make you feel confused or question your own sense of reality. It is also essential to remain aware of any red flags that may indicate someone is attempting to manipulate you through gaslighting tactics - such as dismissing your feelings or denying facts - so that you can take steps towards protecting yourself from further harm. Finally, if possible, speak up for yourself when confronted with these tactics and clearly explain why their behavior is unacceptable so they understand why their actions are wrong.
Gaslighting can be an extremely damaging form of manipulation if not recognized early on and addressed appropriately. It’s important for victims of this kind of abuse to remember they have control over their own narrative and emotions despite any attempts by another person to try and undermine them. If you live in Orlando and need help recognizing gas lighting in relationships or responding effectively when faced with it contact Orlando Thrive Therapy today! Our experienced counselors can provide support and guidance during these difficult times so that victims know they don't have face these struggles alone.
Heather Oller is the owner and founder of Orlando Thrive Therapy, Coaching, and Counseling. She is a licensed counselor and a family mediator who has over 23 years of dedicated work as a professional in the mental health field. Through her company's mission, she continues to pave the way for future therapists, and their clients, who want a higher quality of life....and who want to thrive, rather than just survive. You can contact Orlando Thrive Therapy at 407-592-8997 for more information.